Summary: The LG BH100 can play back both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs with excellent image quality, but a variety of quirks and missing features limits its appeal.
Pros: Plays back both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs; excellent image quality on both high-def disc formats; attractive design with touch-sensitive buttons; excellent remote; quick response during scans and chapter skips.
Cons: Expensive; no CD playback; subpar support for new surround soundtracks; does not support HDi interactive features of HD DVDs; only a few TVs can't accept its type of 1080p output; upscaling of DVDs is a step below competitors; load times are somewhat slow.
LG BH100 Super Multi Blue Blu-ray/HD DVD Player: First Look
Sound & Vision Magazine
3 November 2013
Excerpt: Is this the format war killer we've all been waiting for? We're concerned that this player won't be compatible with HD DVD's HDi authoring and interactivity, which could potentially lead to disc compatibility issues, but beyond that we're very anxious to see and hear this player and put it through its paces with both next-gen formats. The Super Multi Blue is also a trend setter in being the first next-gen player capable of decoding DTS-HD Master Audio.
Excerpt: After Sony we're moving on to LG to continue our high-def buffet; and this time we have something even cooler: a combo player. Yes, here's an example of HD DVD and Blu-ray in the same chassis, the release of which I was thrilled to cover back when it released globally. The folk at LG have taken the trouble to specially send us a piece even before it’s launched here. I had a word with them about official availability; it should be available in India very soon.
Conclusion: LG delivers the first set-top player that supports HD DVD and Blu-ray movies. But the BH100's HD DVD support is limited to basic playback, as it lacks the format's interactive and online capabilities as well as support for enhanced menu features.
Pros: Plays HD DVD and Blu-ray movies. Supports 1080p24 output via HDMI. Useful and well-crafted on-screen display.
Cons: Does not support interactive/online/graphical HD DVD features. Remote is missing a basic HD DVD navigation-control feature. Remote's backlight is essentially useless. No 1080p upconversion. No support for 1080p60 output.
Excerpt: Step into the next century, and a common refrain among the unwashed today is that they'll be interested in buying a next-gen player when there's a clear winner in the format war or a combi player that plays both formats. The idea is to prevent the purchase of either a good size paperweight or undersized boat anchor.
Summary: For performance enthusiasts using current technology the "full meal deal" is true 1080p24 output directly from the disc bit stream for HD disc that adheres to video standards, 1080p24 or 1080p60 for SD DVD upconversion, and HD audio multichannel PCM supporting all HD audio codecs via HDMI or an HD audio bit stream via HDMI for a receiver equipped with the HD audio codecs.
Excerpt: Well, no one saw this coming. We’re not that far into the format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray, and LG has come out with the BH100, a player that plays both formats. So, is that it? Format war over? Hardly.
Summary: Ever since we first learned about the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD, we’ve been waiting for a player like this: something blessed with a hefty dose of what some AV industry insiders like to call ‘good sense'. Daft name, great concept LG’s BH100 Super Multi Blue might have a slightly daft name, but it’s a seriously sensible idea: it means you no longer have to fret about which disc format to invest in for the long term, or about not being able to watch a...